Bird of the Month: Hummingbirds

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A Calliope Hummingbird hovers mid-flight. Photo by Kati Fleming, WikiMedia.Org, Creative Commons 3.0.

By Eric Moore

August is a magical time for those who enjoy watching hummingbirds. The migration route for many species goes right through Arizona’s Central Highlands. In addition to our summer residents — Anna’s, Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds — Rufous and Calliope Hummingbirds are also passing through.

Where are they headed? Most hummingbirds that summer in North America winter in Mexico or Central America — no small feat for birds weighing only 3-4 grams.

Migrating hummingbirds need increased body fat stores. You can help by putting out nectar feeders. The key to attracting a lot of hummingbirds is using feeders with six to eight feeding ports. Hang multiple feeders in close proximity to each other, and avoid feeders that leak and attract ants, bees, and wasps.

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Eric Moore is owner of Jay’s Bird Barn, 1046 Willow Creek Road in Prescott. Contact him at Eric@JaysBirdBarn.Com.

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